West Zone and North Zone secured a semi-final spot in the Duleep Trophy by taking the first innings lead in their games against North East Zone and East Zone, respectively. While West took a massive 367 point lead over North East Zone at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and opted for batting practice on Sunday’s fourth and final day, North rode a great ton from debutant Yash Dhull (193) to finish the total number of East Zone to review. . The Ajinkya Rahane-led West Zone was 268 for five when the match ended. Aith Sheth didn’t stop at 102 (101 balls, 10 fours, 1 six), and Shams Mulani fell for 97 (115 balls, 12 fours), as the match spiraled to a draw.
Northeast bowlers fared much better in the second innings, having their opponents three for 49 and 65 for 4 before Mulani and Sheth came together for a 179-point partnership.
Medium pacer Dippu Sangma (3 out of 70) removed Het Patel (7), Rahul Tripathi (24) and Hardik Tamore (24) to hold the West batters down.
In Puducherry, North, he resumed 433 for three overnight, adding another 112 runs before being fired for 545. Himanshu Rana made 81 and captain Mandeep Singh hit a patient 63.
North Zone looked set for a huge total, but hard-working left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed came up with a five-wicket haul to take Mandeep Singh and Co.
Shahbaz Ahmed’s scalp included Mandeep, Himanshu Rana, Nishant Sindhu. He ended the 131-run tie between Mandeep and Himanshu Rana, which went a long way in helping East stop North’s attack.
Earlier on Saturday, the talented Dhull hit an outstanding 193 (243 balls, 28 fours, 2 sixes) to bolster North Zone’s answer to East’s first inning score of 397.
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